Wreath making is one of my favorite DIY projects to do. They are an easy way to decorate a space. Don’t you agree? Last winter is when I attempted my first embroidery hoop wreath and it was crazy easy! CLICK HERE for the details on that wreath. So I decided to attempt some holiday inspired embroidery hoops for the upcoming season.
For this post I made three simple designs using cedar clippings, and honestly I love them all. 😍 Bonus, I made all three in less than 30 minutes! Crazy fast, right?
I have made several wreaths using various types of greenery, but the greenery that has stood the test of time is cedar. The cedar wreaths I made last year lasted about a month before drying out. That’s a long time when your house has no moisture in the air. However, my florist told me to spray the cedar with a water bottle and that should prolong the life of the wreath. I hope that works!
Last year I made a flimsy cedar wreath (shown below) that I absolutely loved and I definitely intend to make one again, but for this post I used embroidery hoops as my base. If you want the details on the wreath I made last year CLICK HERE.
Below are the three designs I will cover in this post. 🌲
First things first, gather the materials. Please note, for the small wreath I used a 7″ embroidery hoop and for the large wreaths I used a 12″ hoop, but honestly you can use whatever size you want.
Large Hoop Wreath Materials
6 – 8″ cedar clippings
1 – 12″ embroidery hoop
Small Hoop Wreath Materials
2 – 8″ cedar clippings
1 – 7″ embroidery hoop
Christmas tree candles
Clip on candle holders
Once you have all your supplies gathered follow the below instructions. Please note, the instructions apply to both wreath sizes.
Step 1: Cut the cedar clippings.
Tip: If you don’t have easy access to any cedar trees, try calling your local florist. That’s how I get mine. 😊
Step 2: Take one of the cedar clippings and place it on the inside of the hoop.
Step 3: Secure the cedar clipping to the inside of the hoop with the floral wire.
For the small wreath, wrap a piece of wire, starting the wire in the center of the cedar clipping.
For the large wreath, wrap a piece of wire starting the wire about an inch from the end of the cedar clipping (shown below).
Tip: I recommend wrapping the wire at least 3 times around and pulling the wire while wrapping to make sure the wire is tight.
Step 4: Take a second cedar clipping and place it alongside the first one. Then repeat step 3.
If you are making the small wreath, you’re done! Just attach the clip on candle holder to the hoop and secure the candle to the candle holder. Then hang your new wreath!
I purchased the candle clips and candles from Amazon a few weeks ago, as I plan to clip them to our Christmas tree this year. 🌲Aren’t they cute?
CLICK HERE for details on the Christmas tree candles and CLICK HERE for details on the clip on candle holders.
If you are making the large hoop wreath continue with the following instructions.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 on the opposite side of the hoop, but do not let the ends of the cedar clippings touch. You’ll need about an inch of room for the candle clip or cow bell. The clip on candle holder will not clip to the hoop correctly if not. The space left for the candle clip/cow bell becomes the center of the wreath.
Step 6: To hide the wire I added a cedar clipping to each side on the outside of the hoop. For extra security I wrapped the floral wire on both ends of the outside cedar clipping.
Step 7: “Fluff” the cedar clippings after all pieces are secured to the hoop to make the pieces lay as desired.
Step 8: Add the accessories and hang your wreath!
For the candle wreath, clip the clip-on candle holder in the center of the hoop.
For the cow bell wreath, tie the cow bell to the center of the hoop using a piece of twine. My inspiration for this wreath came from Chip & Joanna’s new Hearth & Hand line at Target. 😍 Once I saw that wreath I knew I wanted to recreate it.
The cow bells were actually part of a door hanger I found at Michaels last year for $5. I couldn’t find the exact same door hanger, but it looked something like this.
I cut the bells off the door hanger and voila!
And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions or need clarification please comment below or message me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns
Until next time. Xo